The top 10 Best Animal Photos of 2011 – incredibly cute photos from around the world. It’s not my photography, but rather from some of the best animal photojournalism of the past year. They’re from everywhere from China and the Philippines, to Russia, Slovakia, and Germany. I loved this Ginger Orange Seal, and the chimpanzee nursing a tiger. Which were your favorites?
Adorable animal photography.
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Monkey steals camera and takes Facebook-style monkey self-portraits
Who knew primates had photography skills? A monkey stole a wildlife photographer’s camera, and then started taking pictures of himself, even smiling in the photos. The crested black macaque monkey (black ape) swiped the camera and took monkey self-portraits at arms length, like you’d see on a 15-year old girl’s Facebook or Instagram page. It’s a monkey selfie!
It happened when wildlife photographer David Slater was visiting a national park in North Sulawesi, Indonesia, he left his camera unattended and a crested black macaque monkey grabbed it and proceeded take Facebook-style monkey self-portraits. Who knew “black apes” took pictures? It’s actually a decent monkey self-portrait!
If you’re curious, I found out some interesting facts about these inquisitive monkeys below: Read more...(458 words, 6 images, estimated 1:50 mins reading time)
Some crested black macaque facts:
They’re promiscuous – with both males and females mating multiple times with multiple partners
They live in groups, and tend to either be all males or be 4:1 females to males.
We were enjoying the view from the cliffs of Ulu Watu in Bali – it was a beautiful moment until…a slight interruption. Just then it occurred to me that I was surrounded by monkeys…and they seized the moment. I was photographing a monkey on the edge of the cliff, when another jumped on her from behind. Then two other monkeys having sex too. Then two more. Where am I?? Surprise – monkey sex.
These monkeys were in their natural habitat, so anything goes. Including this first photo. What, you’ve never seen monkeys having sex?
Forget doggystyle – this is monkey style!
Edit: I didn’t realize Monkey sex was a slang term, as reported on Urban Dictionary – “The communal act of rough …wild …passionate…primatial fornication. Usually accompanied with various vocal tones and frantic leg hmuping usually seen and heard from orangutans. It is also customary to wear “Planet of the Apes” costumes in order to successfully portray monkey sex”
A read said it reminded her of this video from Gawker, with monkey sex on the hood of a car. Read more...(274 words, 3 images, estimated 1:06 mins reading time)
Philippine Tarsier – for a moment I thought I met real Gremlins! Introducing the extremely rare Philippine Tarsier, one of the smallest primates on earth. Tarsiers have enormous sized eyes, which are as large as their brains. Some call them the cutest “monkey” on earth. What do you think?
Other fun facts about these cute primates: Tarsiers are very shy nocturnal animals, but I managed to get a few photos for you. Look at those eyes!
Photos taken by Todd L. Cohen in Bohol, Philippines!
The Philippine Tarsier diet is nearly exclusively insects, which they catch by jumping at them (on occasion these little guys also eat birds, snakes, bats, lizards). They’re quick jumpers. Tarsiers look asleep at one moment, and then jump to another branch the next.
As you can see, they’re is really tiny – they fit in my hands! Just 4-6 inches.
They say a visit to Bohol is not complete without seeing the famous Philippine Tarsier, and I’d have to agree. They’re unlike anything I’ve ever seen (besides Gizmo from the Gremlins!). Read more...(327 words, 9 images, estimated 1:18 mins reading time)
Wow. Gorgeous. Like many photos, it was even better in person. After a day of hiking and photographing wildlife, I had just put down my camera to relax, but this view got more impressive every 5min, starting with about this point. I wanna go back!
Hiking through Bako National Park turned out to be an unexpected highlight of my trip. It’s a 10.5 square mile island with rainforests, secluded beaches with sandstone cliffs, waterfalls, jungle streams, and lots of wildlife (including about 150 of the aforementioned rare proboscis monkeys).
The coast line was beautiful – millions of years of erosion of the sandstone have created a coastline of steep cliffs with brilliant colored patterns formed by iron deposition.
Monkeys were everywhere – mostly Long-tailed macaques and silver leaf monkeys. And of course the highlight was seeing rare probiscos monkeys . We also saw lizards and bearded pigs.
Bako National Park also has nearly every type of vegetation found in Borneo (25 distinct types). In a couple of days of trekking through the jungle trails, you can see “Beach vegetation, Cliff vegetation, Kerangas or heath Forest, Mangrove Forest, Mixed Dipterocarp Forest, Padang or Grasslands Vegetation and Peat Swamp Forest,” according to the official site.
Consider this a sneak preview of the sunsets I saw in Borneo – the ones in the next few posts were even better! Read more...(182 words, 6 images, estimated 44 secs reading time)